Saturday, November 24, 2007

Classic Reading List

If you're thinking about doing any recreational reading during your Christmas break, here is a list of classical Christian works that I highly recommend! They aren't in any particular order.

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

Dissertation Concerning the End for Which God Created the World by Jonathan Edwards

The Nature of True Virtue by Jonathan Edwards

The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards

Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards

Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther

Treatise on Good Works by Martin Luther

The Cause of God and Truth by John Gill

The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation by Andrew Fuller

City of God by Augustine of Hippo

On the Predestination of the Saints by Augustine of Hippo

On the Holy Spirit by Basil of Caesarea

On the Incarnation by Athanasius

Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof

Preaching and Preachers by Martin Lloyd-Jones

The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges

Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan

Holy War by John Bunyan

The Doctrine of Law and Grace Unfolded by John Bunyan

Justification by Imputed Righteousness by John Bunyan

The True Bounds of Christian Freedom by Samuel Bolton

Biblical Theology by Geerhardus Vos

Redemption, Accomplished and Applied by John Murray

Principles of Conduct by John Murray

The Doctrine of Justification by James Buchanan

Covenant Theology by Nehemiah Cox

The Everlasting Covenant (sermon) by Benjamin Keach

Mortification of Sin by John Owen

Communion with God by John Owen

The Death of Death by John Owen

The Doctrine of Justification by John Owen

The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie

Polity, ed, Mark Dever

God, Revelation, and Authority by Carl Henry

Christian Apologetics by Cornelius Van Til

Holiness by J.C. Ryle

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The New Testament Commentary

CBD currently has the best price I've ever seen on the 12 volume Hendricksen/Kistemaker commentary set at $99.99. They will be released on November 30, 2007. If you don't own these volumes, I highly recommend that you get them! This commentary is filled with sound biblical exegesis and pastoral wisdom that everyone should consult when studying, teaching, and preaching from the NT.

CBD writes: "This set is ideal for pastors and serious Bible students of the Reformed tradition. It is the only complete commentary on the New Testament written solely from a Reformed perspective. This award-winning twelve-volume hardcover set features verse-by-verse exegesis and applications, critical notes on the Greek text, chapter summaries, and extensive bibliographies and indexes."

Monday, November 12, 2007

NT Use of the OT

There's a book out called Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament edited by GK Beale and DA Carson. Advocating a covenantal interpretation of the Old Testament, it has been reviewed over at Nine Marks Ministries by James Hamilton, who wrote:

"Many of us studied under professors who said something like this: "the authors of the New Testament made the Old Testament say whatever they wanted it to say, but they had the right to do so because they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. You can’t interpret the Old Testament the way they did because you’re not inspired."

Okay, maybe they nuanced the statement more than that, but the idea was plainly communicated that the authors of the New Testament had not interpreted the Old Testament according to the Old Testament’s own meaning in its own historical context. Thus, whatever the authors of the New Testament may have been doing, we were not to read the Old Testament the way they read it. And we were taught this by evangelical scholars who signed a doctrinal statement that had the word inerrancy in it."

I just bought a copy of the commentary for myself and encourage you to get yours!!!

HT: The Road to Emmaus